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Victorian Secret

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Porcelain Jasper, is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful jaspers out there. It's not a flashy, in-your-face jasper, and for that reason, you might be surprised that I like it that much. At a glance, you might pass over it as a mix of greys and browns. But what I see is a subtle blend of mauves and purples, with greys and pinks and browns - and pretty much all the colours of cloud-filled sky at sunset - not one of those flaming red skies you see once in a while, but more like the quiet beauty that you can see nearly every day, if only you look for it.

To me - these colours evoke the rustle of silk, quiet and dim parlors filled with books and by-gone days of gentle elegance and perhaps more than a little naivete.

This necklace uses a stone mount in a way that you might find surprising. Instead of mounting a rhinestone in it, it has a bead - a rectangular tablet bead that happens to fit the finding perfectly.

Add your glue to the stone mount - I like a two part epoxy - and fill it about 3/4 of the way up - enough that it will contact the stone bead, but not so much that adding the bead will cause the glue to ooze up over the edges. (You could test the level you need with some water first - I, of course, just guessed.) If you do get some ooze - remember that you can clean up UNCURED epoxy glue with simple, household vinegar.

Then crimp your strands onto the corners of the filigree stone mount, string your beads, and add a clasp and crimp.

          
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Qty: 4 heltcb316c Findings - Crimps - 2 mm Tubes - Copper (50)Price: $ 3.55
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24001029 Findings - Crimps - 4 mm Crimp Covers - Antique Copper (100)

(I only put these on the ends next to the stone mount - but I think that's just because I forgot to add them to the ends with the clasp.)

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Qty: 1 s30466 Findings - Vintage Stone Mount - 26 x 30 mm Scrolled Filigree Rectangle - Raw BrassPrice: $ 5.25
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25001014 Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 30 ft .019 (Medium) - Copper Colour (Spool)Price: $ 22.48
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Qty: 1 s27629 Stone Beads - 13 x 18 mm Rectangle - Porcelain JasperPrice: $ 0.99
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Qty: 2 s29563 Stone Beads - 6 mm Faceted Rondelles - Porcelain Jasper (strand)

(I used two full strands - with the clasp and stone mount - it comes out to 18 inches long.)

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s24375 Tools - Adhesive - 25 ml Devcon Epoxy - 2-Ton

(Alternately - you could use E6000 or even some epoxy clay.)

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s14791 Vintaj - Clasp - Swirl Loop and Jumpring Set - Natural BrassPrice: $ 3.60
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